Bob Neinast, long-time barefooter from Ohio, reported on his blog today that he has officially hiked more than 2,000 miles barefoot. That's approximately the distance between Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois. He also estimates he hiked at least 1,000 miles prior to keeping records, but doesn't include those in his official number.
Neinast has hiked all over, from rocky canyons to tree-filled forests. He reports, "the hikes include the South Dakota Badlands (gumbo), Yellowstone (Hoodoos), the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, and myriads of locations around Ohio."
"Folks marvel at it, but it is really the easiest thing in the world."
As part of his blog, he posts various topographical maps and photos of his hikes -- and many are impressive. The reports give the reader insight into many natural areas that many of us will never experience.
Bob's barefoot hikes are a sterling example that our feet are capable of so much more than many people give them credit for. One excuse that many "experts" give for recommending against barefoot living is that people were never meant to walk on the rock-hard man-made surfaces we have today. Neinast's barefoot hikes in some of the rockiest places in the United States show that people can walk barefoot successfully in places even far less soft and refined than the floors of your local retail shop.
"Folks marvel at it, but it is really the easiest thing in the world," he said in one recent post of hiking barefoot on rocky surfaces.
"You’ll get podiatrists making these outrageous claims that our feet were not evolved to hike/walk/run on 'unnatural' surfaces like asphalt or concrete. All you have to do is hike a bit on these sandstone cliffs to realize how silly that is."
We encourage our supporters to try out barefoot hiking if you haven't already. You will probably find it to be an amazing experience.
We congratulate Bob on his barefoot hiking milestone and wish him the very best for many miles to come!
To read more about Bob and his barefoot journeys, visit his Website at Ahcuah.com.